Jayson Williams sentenced


    Former NBA player Jayson Williams has been sentenced in the 2002 shooting death of his limo driver.


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Former NBA player Jayson Williams has been sentenced in the 2002 shooting death of his limo driver.
     
    Jayson, who used to play for the New Jersey Nets, was hauled off to jail immediately after a court appearance this afternoon to begin serving his five-year sentence, according to the
    Associated Press. The decision is the culmination of an eight-year legal battle in Costas Christofi’s tragic death on February 14, 2002.



     
    The driver, and several of his clients’ friends, was looking at Jayson’s gun collection when he was shot in the chest. Reportedly, Jayson had forgotten to closely check the safety on a double-barreled shotgun before he showed it off. The weapon went off, striking Costas in the chest with a 12-gauge shot. Allegedly, Jayson tried to cover up the accident, even going so far as prompting witnesses to lie about what they saw.
     

    Jayson pleaded guilty to the shooting death last month as part of deal that makes him eligible for parole in summer 2011. The case went to trial in 2002, and he was released on bail shortly after. 



    The former Net offered a tearful apology to Costas’ sister Andrea Adams, stating "There’s not a day I wake up that I don’t feel sorry for what I did to Mr. Christofi and that I put you through this."


     
    The mea culpa seems to have fallen on deaf ears as Andrea said that the sentence wasn’t on par with the crime.  She told the court how she endured "eight years of agony watching Jayson Williams prance around and live his life and acting like nothing happened."



     

     

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